Rob Kirby Comics

All things Rob Kirby Comics-related and like that and stuff

qu33rrob:

"Life Lesson #24,” a collab with filmmaker and writer (and major comics fan) Lawrence Ferber. It’s a true tale from his misspent youth in LA. Originally published in Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, Edited by Jennifer Camper (Manic D Press, 2007). The 90’s, man. 

Three different gatherings of queer cartoonists, or, Rob Takes a Sentimental Journey:

Top photo: Boston in either 1992 or ‘93: Left to right: Jennifer Camper, Diane DiMassa, Alison Bechdel, Rob Kirby, Joan Hilty, & Howard Cruse

Middle: At TCAF May 2013: (front) Zan Christensen, (back, L to R): Rob K, Maurice Vellekoop, & Justin Hall.

Bottom photo: NYC Feb 2014: Carlo Quispe, Jennifer Camper, Sasha Steinberg, L. Nichols, & Bill Roundy

(Actually kicking myself that I don’t have so many more of these - for example at TCAF last year at the queer mixer, why didn’t I get a pic of all those folks together? Dammit!)

qu33rrob:

Excerpt from “Instruction,” a collaboration with novelist & writer, D. Travers Scott. Trav originally wrote this as a performance piece in the 90’s and published the text in the classic zine Holy TItclamps. When I read it I really wanted to adapt it for my zine Boy Trouble and Trav enthusiastically agreed (I just love that guy). It originally appeared in the 4th issue of BT in 2000. It has since been reprinted in the first volume of THE BOOK OF BOY TROUBLE (Green Candy Press, 2006) and in NO STRAIGHT LINES (Fantagraphics, 2012). It’s one of my favorites of all the comics I’ve done, Trav really captured certain truths about being young and gay and horny and scared and confused and thrilled, all at the same time. 
Fun fact: Trav and Stephen Winter (see prior post) went to art school together and were pals. Stephen’s character makes a cameo near the end of this story and Trav likewise makes an appearance in Stephen’s story. They really go together, in more ways than one. 


This is the sort-of the companion piece to “Dollface,” excerpted earlier today. 

qu33rrob:

Excerpt from “Instruction,” a collaboration with novelist & writer, D. Travers Scott. Trav originally wrote this as a performance piece in the 90’s and published the text in the classic zine Holy TItclamps. When I read it I really wanted to adapt it for my zine Boy Trouble and Trav enthusiastically agreed (I just love that guy). It originally appeared in the 4th issue of BT in 2000. It has since been reprinted in the first volume of THE BOOK OF BOY TROUBLE (Green Candy Press, 2006) and in NO STRAIGHT LINES (Fantagraphics, 2012). It’s one of my favorites of all the comics I’ve done, Trav really captured certain truths about being young and gay and horny and scared and confused and thrilled, all at the same time. 

Fun fact: Trav and Stephen Winter (see prior post) went to art school together and were pals. Stephen’s character makes a cameo near the end of this story and Trav likewise makes an appearance in Stephen’s story. They really go together, in more ways than one. 

This is the sort-of the companion piece to “Dollface,” excerpted earlier today. 

qu33rrob:

This is an excerpt from “Dollface,” a collaboration between me and Stephen Winter, a totally excellent person and filmmaker best known for his indie film Chocolate Babies as well as for his role as producer for Jonathan Caouette’s acclaimed documentary, Tarnation (2003).  Dollface is Stephen’s fictionalized coming of age tale, his account of being young, black and gay and figuring it all out. It wasn’t always roses, dontcha know. The story was originally published in the first of two volumes of Jen Camper's queer comics anthology Juicy Mother (Soft Skull) in 2005 (I drew it 1998-99). 
This scene - the dirty scene - was my submission for an erotic comics show that Jon Macy curated a few years ago. I was glad I had something to submit, I’m not generally known for doing explicitly sexual comics. But every now and then I rub one out. 

Part of Rob’s new NSFW Fridays (probably a one-time thing!)

qu33rrob:

This is an excerpt from “Dollface,” a collaboration between me and Stephen Winter, a totally excellent person and filmmaker best known for his indie film Chocolate Babies as well as for his role as producer for Jonathan Caouette’s acclaimed documentary, Tarnation (2003).  Dollface is Stephen’s fictionalized coming of age tale, his account of being young, black and gay and figuring it all out. It wasn’t always roses, dontcha know. The story was originally published in the first of two volumes of Jen Camper's queer comics anthology Juicy Mother (Soft Skull) in 2005 (I drew it 1998-99). 

This scene - the dirty scene - was my submission for an erotic comics show that Jon Macy curated a few years ago. I was glad I had something to submit, I’m not generally known for doing explicitly sexual comics. But every now and then I rub one out. 

Part of Rob’s new NSFW Fridays (probably a one-time thing!)

eden-s-f asked: Would it be possible to buy a print of your Shirley Jackson tribute? i am in love.

Hi there, I hadn’t thought about prints (like ever) but may look into it……this little piece is the first part of a little Shirley Jackson zine I plan to put out next year. I will keep you posted! Thanks for asking about this, really appreciate it. 

robkirbycomics:

UPDATED 4/06/14 with a new excerpt: My next zine, coming later this year, is a little anthology called PRATFALL. Yes, from the BRILLIANT MIND (i.e. me) that brought you Tablegeddon last year, comes this collection of stories by cartoonists recalling true painful and/or humiliating accidents. From up top: yours truly, Rob Kirby, suffering from a kind of a freak accident during my less than halcyon days of waiting tables in “Stuck;” MariNaomi relates a cautionary tale of why maybe cartoonists should avoid bowling in “Bowling Blues;” Noah Van Sciver ably demonstrates why one should always Bend The Knees when lifting; Kelly Froh takes a tumble in “The Danger of Looking Good” (the culprit: high heels). Among the other amazing cartoonists who will be contributing their own tales: Tony Breed, Neil BrideauTessa Brunton, Cara Bean, Max ClotfelterGabrielle Gamboa, Becky Hawkins, Carrie McNinch, John Porcellino, Kenan Rubenstein, Aron Nels Steinkeand Jason ViolaFrom what I hear, a few of these stories are doozies! 

Mini-tribute to my favorite author.

Mini-tribute to my favorite author.

"Party Girl," a one-off "Curbside" episode from 2001 about garage sales and drag queens, written by my pal Cathy Camper (click her name to read about her exciting YA graphic novel (in collaboration with artist Raul Gonzalez) coming this fall from Chronicle Books.

"Party Girl," a one-off "Curbside" episode from 2001 about garage sales and drag queens, written by my pal Cathy Camper (click her name to read about her exciting YA graphic novel (in collaboration with artist Raul Gonzalez) coming this fall from Chronicle Books.

The cover and back cover to my first paperback book Curbside (1998). I got the Xeric grant in fall of 1997 to publish it. Next year all of this long out-of-print book as well as its sequel Curbside Boys (originally published in 2002 by Cleis Press) and the unpublished sequel to that (Curbside Boys in Love and in Trouble), as well as a variety of one-offs and rarities will be collected in one big volume. It’ll be great to have it all together at last.

I just remembered that it was Howard Cruse who colored this for me. He had just just taken an expensive course in this new computer program called “Photoshop” and graciously showed me the ropes. Learning Photoshop was a big deal back then. My god, how times have changed…

(Oops, typo in Jon Ginoli’s quote on the back cover, I just noticed: “it’s romanticism” should be “its romanticism” (no apostrophe!)